Thursday, October 20, 2005

Washington Post Columnist David Broder Asks "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" at November 1 Talk

Chestertown, MD, October 20, 2005 — Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism presents Washington Post columnist and political observer David S. Broder on "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?", Tuesday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

A national correspondent covering the political scene for The Washington Post, Broder writes a twice-weekly column that covers the broader aspects of American political life. The column, syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, appears in more than 300 newspapers across the globe. Broder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in May 1973 for distinguished commentary and has been named "Best Newspaper Political Reporter" by Washington Journalism Review.

A survey for Washingtonian magazine found that Broder was rated "Washington's most highly regarded columnist" by both editorial-page editors and members of Congress, leading 16 others in ratings for "overall integrity, factual accuracy and insight." In 1990, a survey by Washingtonian magazine of the opinion-page editors of the largest 200 newspapers rated Broder as "Best Reporter," "Hardest Working," and "Least Ideological" among some 123 columnists. Media critic Ron Powers on CBS-TV said, "Broder is not famous like Peter Jennings, he's not glamorous like Tom Brokaw, but underneath that brown suit there is a superman."

Before joining the Post in 1966, Broder covered national politics for The New York Times(1965-66), The Washington Star (1960-65), and Congressional Quarterly (1955-60). He has covered every national campaign and convention since 1960, traveling up to 100,000 miles a year to interview voters and report on the candidates. He is a regular commentator on CNN'sInside Politics and makes regular appearances on NBC's Meet the Press and Washington Week on PBS.

Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism was established to honor the distinguished career of late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood, who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at the College. Recent speakers in the series have included such political and media figures as Karl Rove, Howard Dean, Robert Novak, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, and Paul Gigot.

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